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Mandarin Chicken Crunch Salad

mandarin chicken crunch saladIntroducing our Mandarin Chicken Crunch Salad recipe that’s a perfect blend of vibrant colors, delightful textures, and sensational flavors! This salad is brimming with wholesome ingredients that not only pack a nutritional punch but also delight with their bold and refreshing taste. The cabbage, in particular, is rich in vitamins C and K as well as dietary fiber. It’s known for its anti-inflammatory properties and potential to support digestive health. Combined with the other fresh ingredients, this salad is a delicious way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet and reap the benefits of cabbage’s nutritional goodness. 

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Prep Time: 20 minutes            Cook Time: 10 minutes          Yield: 4 servings       


  • 3 cups romaine, shredded or thinly chopped
  • 3 cups cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges, segmented
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds-toasted 
  • 2 tbsp. sesame seeds, sprinkled on top
  • 16 oz. chicken, raw

Sesame ginger dressing:

  • 3 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. coconut aminos
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil


  1. Prepare the vegetables by shredding or thinly chop the romaine, cabbage, and carrots. Chop the green onions.
  2. Cut the raw chicken into bite-sized pieces. In a pan over medium heat, cook the chicken until fully cooked, ensuring it reaches a safe internal temperature. Set aside.
  3. In a blender or food processor, combine rice wine vinegar, coconut aminos, garlic, honey, grated fresh ginger, sesame oil, and olive oil. Blend until the dressing is smooth and well combined.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the shredded romaine, cabbage, carrots, and chopped green onions. Add the cooked chicken, mandarin oranges, sliced almonds, and sesame seeds. Pour the sesame ginger dressing over the salad. Start with a portion of the dressing and add more according to your taste preference.
  5. Gently toss the salad ingredients until well coated with the dressing. Serve the Mandarin Chicken Crunch Salad immediately, garnishing with additional sesame seeds or sliced almonds if desired.

Tips and Tricks:

  • To keep the vegetables crisp, toss the salad right before serving. This ensures that the dressing doesn’t make the salad soggy if it sits for too long.
  • For a refreshing experience, refrigerate the salad ingredients, including the cooked chicken, before assembling. A chilled salad can be especially satisfying on a warm day.
  • Toasting the sliced almonds and sesame seeds in a dry pan for a couple of minutes can bring out their natural flavors and add a delightful crunch to the salad. Be cautious and stir frequently to prevent burning.

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Mandarin Chicken Crunch Salad

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